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Feds want longer sentence for Vince Fumo

Wednesday, May 25, 2011
Vince Fumo

Former state Sen. Vincent Fumo exits the U.S. Courthouse in Philadelphia, Tuesday, July 14, 2009. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke)

Federal prosecutors in Philadelphia are set to challenge the 55-month sentence being served by former state Sen. Vince Fumo as "unduly lenient."

The 68-year-old Fumo was convicted of defrauding the state Senate and two nonprofits of millions. Prosecutors say he used the funds to maintain his mansion, spy on rivals, and pay for yachting trips and luxuries.

They say Senior U.S. District Judge Ronald Buckwalter gave no reason for departing from federal guidelines of more than 20 years.

Defense lawyers will argue to overturn Fumo's conviction.

They say one juror referenced deliberations online and another learned the Philadelphia Democrat had been acquitted in a prior case.

The Philadelphia Democrat was perhaps the most powerful Pennsylvania lawmaker in a generation, controlling scores of jobs in and out of state government.

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